General Staff Building


The most significant buildings of Russian classicism of the beginning of XIX century

General Staff Building on the Palace square designed by architect K.Rossi.
The immense building created for the General Staff and for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs perfectly fits into the ensemble of the Palace square. The majestic monumental arch with a span measuring 17 m incorporates the idea of the victory in the Patriotic war of 1812 against France; it is topped by a six horsed cart, warriors and a statue of Glory.
In 2013 a large-scale reconstruction of the Eastern wing of the General Staff building was completed. Today it houses the exhibits of the State Hermitage museum.

Under the coffering of the Arch of the General Staff one may see the clock with a lettering on its face saying “The main chamber. Right time”. The clock was set in 1905 on the initiative of D.Mendeleev.

If you fear losing time in the queue to the Winter palace, pop in the General Staff. This will give you the grounds to tell your friends that you have visited the exhibits of the Hermitage.

Historical Сenter route

This route will introduce you to the most significant sights of the center of Saint Petersburg

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    Monday: Free
    Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
    Wednesday: 10:00 - 21:00
    Thursday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
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